The 2014 vintage is the final in a string of three, large crop, early ripening vintages in California. Seemingly, each vintage has ripened earlier and earlier while producing substantially larger than normal yields. Fortunately, these larger yields have slowed down the ripening process, allowing the grapes to get a normal amount of time on the vines, even if the season is an early one. The winery did think it was especially important to spend more time in the vineyards as harvest approached, as the vines did show signs of the drought near the end of the season.
Pressed boysenberry aromas highlight simultaneously dark and fresh fruit on the nose of this bottling by Adam Lee, which also conveys Earl Grey tea, lavender, hibiscus and crushed pencils. The palate picks up the same tack, offering delicate fruits and florals, from cranberry to elderflower.
Pleasantly rich and elegant without being weighty, with plum, blueberry and blackberry flavors accented by spice and light oak hints. An exciting and enjoyable style. Drink now. 688 cases made.